CAN ART STOP A BULLET: WILLIAM KELLY’S BIG PICTURE
(88 min) Australia/Ireland/South Africa/US/Vietnam
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Director: Mark Street
Producer: Fiona Cochrane

Description:

History is a depressing pattern of bad judgements and unnecessary wars. Now things have come full circle. The fear that gripped the world during the Cold War is creating a familiar chill again. Rational voices are either ignored, mocked or attacked. These restraining voices are often the voices of art.  Wars are never started by mentally stable people. Why do oppressive governments first try to silence artists? What is it about art that frightens warmongers so much? Can Art temper violence when politics and reason fails? Can art stop bullets? Throughout his life, William Kelly has suspected that art has a profound ability to break through the vicious rage, that narrows minds, to create calming insights. Through the voices of some of the world’s most socially engaged artists and thinkers, William Kelly’s Big Picture explores these questions in the search for an alternative path for humanity.

Biography:

Mark Street has worked in the film and TV industry for twenty-five years as a producer, director, camera, editor, and sound designer. Most of his work has been at the ABC on a variety of productions in drama, comedy, and documentary.  Mark has produced arts segments for on-air and online featuring artists, curators, galleries and musicians from Gilbert and George to the Bollywood film festival. He has filmed in locations as diverse as Alice Springs to Cape Town in South Africa. His work in the arts continued with Inside Art, an independent series from ABC,  based in all the major galleries in Melbourne including the NGV, the Arts Centre, and ACCA. He met William Kelly whilst producing a documentary on the development of art in regional Victorian towns.

Contact information:

w: www.kellysbigpicture.com 
e: info@f-reel.com 



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